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Student Newsletter November 2006

Welcome New SPIE Student Chapters!
Five new student chapters were approved at the Board of Directors meeting in October in Dayton, Ohio. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics students in Mexico, China, and the United States, bringing the total number of student chapters to 91.

Thinking about starting a student chapter at your school? Send an e-mail to students@SPIE.org

New Funding for Student Organized Conferences
New in 2007, SPIE Student Services will be awarding Collaborative Conference Grants (CCG) to student chapters. This funding is designed to facilitate collaboration and networking between chapters at a conference, while providing the resources needed to create a significant student professional development event.

Conference Organization for the Masses
Conferences provide a venue for meaningful personal interactions between students and professionals, face to face sharing of ideas, and a way to build lasting relationships. As a student, how can you organize a conference at your home university and make it a success?

Student Service Award Established
The Service Award joins the award for Best Student Chapter Website as an honor that is only available to Student Members of the Society.

WUT Chapter Brings Optics to All Ages
"Our Student Chapter has been taking part in the Festival since September 2000. As a group of young people full of energy we decided to work with children and try to bring them optics and photonics."

St. Petersburg ITMO Chapter Hosts Student Meeting at ICO
Alexander Alekseev reports on the students and distinguished lecturers who gathered for a student workshop on chapter leadership and activities.

Have Student News?
E-mail students@SPIE.org with your ideas, outlines, or article text for possible inclusion in the next newsletter. Student News is published quarterly, early in the months of February, May, September, and November.

Upcoming Events

Photonics West: Student Lunch with the Experts
Enjoy a casual meal with colleagues at this engaging networking event. Hosted by SPIE Student Services, this event features Nobel Laureate Dr. Charles Townes and many other experts willing to share their experience and wisdom on career paths in optics and photonics. Lunch is complimentary to students.

Advance sign-up in the Marketplace by 5:00 pm Monday is required. Seating is limited.

Coming to an SPIE conference this fall? Check here for the schedule of special events for students such as networking lunches and ice cream socials with conference chairs and plenary speakers.

Publications of Interest

Basic Rules for Success in Technical Presentations
Do you worry about presenting in front of large groups? You're not alone. Take a look at this quick guide with tips and techniques for more successful presentations and improve your skills today. Put them to use during your next SPIE conference or class project.

Change to U.S. Visa Policy Helps Scholars
"Implementation of a five-year visa for scholars is a step in the right direction, but we need to continue to push for a visa system that supports all legitimate scientific exchange," said Krisinda Plenkovich, SPIE Director of Membership & Education Services. "The Department of State has listened to the recommendations put forward by the scientific and academic communities, and we urge them to continue working to restore the U.S. image as a welcoming nation."

Optics Education Directory Now On-Line 
The 2007 Optics Education Directory is available on-line in a fully searchable format, in addition to being a print publication.

SPIE Newsroom
SPIE has launched a new online news resource, SPIE Newsroom, that features technical and industry news articles written by experts in the field. Information is organized into 13 relevant technical communities, each providing you with free monthly E-Alerts. Connect with your Technical Community today at SPIE Newsroom.

Get Involved

Join Other SPIE Students in the Yahoo! Newsgroup
SPIE Student Members are some of your best resources for learning about opportunities relevant to students and chapters. Sign up for the group and discover what our diverse (and helpful!) community has to offer.

Funding and Career Development

Apply for SPIE Grants and Scholarships!
Learn more about opportunities with SPIE to win scholarships and grants toward your education.

Application Deadline: 12 January 2007

Travel Contingency Grants Fund Student Conference Travel
A generous grant from Newport Spectra-Physics and SPIE can help fund your travel to present a paper at an SPIE conference. Applications are due 10 weeks prior to the conference.

Find the best optics and photonics jobs at SPIEWorks!
Use SPIEWorks.com to research potential career options, find current job postings, and take the opportunity to post your own résumé.

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